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Snooth User: Richard Learmonth

Kia ora

Posted by Richard Learmonth, Oct 26, 2009.

Hi, I'm a New Zealander living in Australia and am looking to broaden my knowledge of all things wine. I cook in a Mediterranean restaurant and have loved discovering European wines.

This is a great site, learning heaps from the articles. Keep up the good work!

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 27, 2009.

Richard,
Welcome to Snooth!

We'll do our best. What European wines are you finding in Australia?

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Reply by Philip James, Oct 27, 2009.

Richard - welcome. Whee about in Oz do you live?

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Reply by Philip James, Oct 27, 2009.

*Where* abouts in Oz do you live

thats what i meant to say

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Reply by Chris Carpita, Oct 27, 2009.

For a second I thought Philip had gone Cockney on us... :)

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Reply by Richard Learmonth, Oct 27, 2009.

Hi guys. I've been in Sydney for almost three years now.

Have never really enjoyed the high acid sav blancs from home but Australian wines have really opened up my eyes to the great quality and variety we have on our doorstep. Have recently been introduced to some European wines that I hadn't experienced much before; namely Albarino, Temperanillo, Cava, Alsacian Gewurtz and reisling. Right now I'm going mad for white burgundy and zinfandel but there's not much that I don't like.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 28, 2009.

Are you drinking Australian Zinfandel or are you getting a good supply from California.

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Reply by fibo86, Oct 28, 2009.

KIA ORA Richard welcome to one of the most interesting sites for wine around. Not only will you learn lots but you'll also be able to ask lots too.
Where abouts in Sydney I'm over @ Castle Hill, Are you going to be at the wine fair on Sat 31 in Hyde Park?
@ Greg do you get any Australian Zins over there?

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Reply by Richard Learmonth, Oct 30, 2009.

Greg: am very new to Zinfandel. Introduced to the grape at Cargo Road in Orange, NSW. They also make a desert wine from Zinfandel grapes harvested three weeks later that is just beautiful. I'm told he has the second oldest zinfandel vines in Australia. Am interested in finding some good Californian zin but most of the cheaper (my price range) market here is Aussie or NZ.

Fibo: thanks a lot. I'm really impressed with this site, I've learnt so much in just a week. Sadly I won't make it to the wine fair, I live in Potts Point so Hyde Park is a short walk for me, but I work Saturdays.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 30, 2009.

Fibo,

I have seen one or two over the course of the years so not many.

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Reply by fibo86, Oct 30, 2009.

Greg
It's getting a rather large following of late and there are quite a few parties producing it now.
Cape Mental might be a bit more to your tastes but in saying that we also have some great Italian style producers that do a great primivito's.
It's a real shame we don't get more of the wines you discuss as they sound yum.
I have come across Ridge wines but the wines we have are all blends from them although Zin is the main component we look at a bare minimum for US Zins at about $65-75 each.
I'll be trying the Ridge next week for product education.

@Richard
I to really love this site, any questions answered even if it's a corker (pardon the pun) answered. Oh, Potts point huh. Your a hop, skip and a jump from anywhere. There's another in Hyde Park on the 18th of November.
What industry are you in? A cheaper zin that's around the $20 is Kangarilla Rd I actually think it may be under Primivito rather than Zinfandel and they have given it a rating in one of the wine mag's can't recall off the top of my head atm but if you want a great bottle shop to explore the Ultimo wine centre in Jones st Ultimo has a great range of US wines (or as good as we get here) just near the Power House Museum in the city....Ask for Jason he should be able to show you around.

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Reply by Richard Learmonth, Nov 4, 2009.

Thanks Fibo, I've heard great things about the Ultimo Wine Centre, can't wait to check it out!

I'm a chef in a new restaurant in Kings Cross called Blanco. We have just a small team in the kitchen so days off are few and far between now that we're entering the silly season. Unfortunately most festivals etc. happen on our busiest days.


However, it's not all doom and gloom working in restaurants. I've been lucky to be surrounded by some really passionate and dedicated people and the world of wine has really opened up to me recently, This site has tought me a lot already and the community here seems to be very welcoming and forthcoming with knowledge. I'm looking forward to developing my growing love of all things wine!

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Reply by gregt, Nov 4, 2009.

Kia - welcome.

Fibo - I don't know zin like the other Greg, but for what it's worth, I've tried a few Australian zins and the first time I had one I had a sneaking suspicion about it and the second time it was reinforced and now I'm sure. Just like the Australians counterprogrammed syrah, figuring they weren't going to make Hermitage, they did the same with zin. The zins I've had from Australia are more elegant and refined than many from CA. I love the grape and I'm super happy with those I've tried from Australia. I think I even have a few laying around that I picked up in London of all places. Would sure love to try more tho.

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Reply by fibo86, Nov 5, 2009.

@Richard
I didn't realize you were there, Lisa Mcgugian (Mcgugian wines and Tempest two wines) has her own wine shop in Potts Point there and you have a few great little places around you and there's also the oak barrel in Elizabeth st city.
What food do you do in your restaurant?

@gregT my problem is I can't get my hands on many US wines at all and I think that with the dollar doing so well I might just do some shopping on line I just have to find someone who'll send to Australia.

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Reply by fibo86, Nov 5, 2009.

Oh oh and do you have a wine list?

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Reply by gregt, Nov 5, 2009.

See, now this is something that maybe Snooth can broker? Swapping some US for some Australian zins? I'd be happy to do it.

Not sure if that last question was addressed to me or not, but what kind of list?

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Reply by Richard Learmonth, Nov 8, 2009.

Fibo, we cook simple fresh Mediterranean food at a pretty easy price (nothing over $30). We have a background in French cuisine, the owners were the head chef and head pastry chef at Bistro Moncur until Blanco opened, and I cooked the meat and called the pass at Moncur also. Now we're not confined to strictly French food so we're cooking food that's more casual and fun. You should come in and check us out, we're in the big white "Barcelona" building in Roslyn St.

http://www.blancorestaurant.com.au is our website and it lists the menu and wines but is very outdated. It gives a pretty reasonable idea as to our theme and pricing but half the dishes have changed and the wine list has developed a lot. I'm nagging away regularly so hopefully it will be updated soon.

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Reply by fibo86, Nov 8, 2009.

@GregtT I would love to do something like that however it's very expensive to import or export to Australia. I was just asking Richard cause he is a part of the restaurant industry and I would like to check it out.

@Richard this sounds lovely blanco pate, zinfandel prunes, celeriac remoulade and I'm just looking at your wine list....I see you have some interesting bits and pieces on there.
I'll try and pop down although I work most evenings.


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